Stargazing in Ohio: John Glenn Astronomy Park
By Meg Berno

Stargazing in Ohio: John Glenn Astronomy Park

Launch your curiosity for space exploration in Hocking Hills

In the winding roads of southeastern Ohio, tucked away from the hustle and bustle of city life, John Glenn Astronomy Park in Hocking Hills invites travelers to find their enthusiasm for science, learning and space exploration.

This brand-new attraction was completed in June 2018 by the Friends of Hocking Hills organization. The park was established to highlight the near perfect conditions for viewing the night sky. Hocking Hills remains one of few places left in Ohio where light pollution has been kept at a minimum making it a great place to star gaze.

One of the darkest skies available in Ohio

A great place for star-struck photography!

The park is outfitted with an interactive sundial, red lighting to keep light pollution down and large, and a 540-square-foot observatory with a retractable roof and powerful telescopes where visitors can view both stars and planets like never before.

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Spot the sun and other close starts using specially made telescopes that protect against UV rays. Seek free educational opportunities for your youngest astronauts!

Day and night programming are available Friday and Saturday (weather permitting) for a more in-depth stargazing overview for budding space travelers. Be sure to check out Sun and the Solar System and Stargazing: Jupiter. Click here for the complete list.

Looking to get involved? Sign up to volunteer! The park is seeking star gazing enthusiasts to assist in programming all while getting some of the best views of the night sky!

Get glimpses of shooting stars and galaxies with just your eyes! Study the moon in high definition.

John Glenn Astronomy park is located about one mile from Old Man’s Cave Visitor’s Center. While you’re in town, check out some of the hiking trails in the area and head to the small town of Logan for a bite to eat!

Click here to visit the John Glenn Astronomy Park website for more information.

For more outdoor travel inspiration, Find It Here at Ohio.org.

 

About the Author

Meg Berno is a freelance writer and Marketing Coordinator with the Dublin Convention & Visitors Bureau. Meg graduated from Miami University with a degree in Strategic Communications. Outside of work, Meg enjoys photography, writing and finding new places to explore in Ohio.